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Bloomington, MN
10.8k
Skating/Classic
Yes
Yes
763-694-7687
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A couple of good loops, although it seems to get more wind-blown than other metro trails. New in 2013, 5K snowmaking loop.

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Monday, March 1, 2021
Morning
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Rock skis ]
Skied natural snow trails this morn from 8 til 9.30. I wanted to avoid manmade loop because of section meets. None of the natural trails had been groomed, despite having 2 to 3 inches of new snow. The north trail was the least bad of them all, with some ice and bare spots; grooming may have helped with both, not to mention packing/saving snow. Lake and Hill trails were horrendous. The Hill trail was outright dangerous (to both body and skis) bare ice, bare spots, and big chunks of ice. Find another place the next few days.
(Tony Pellegrini)
Sunday, February 28, 2021
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Good skis ]
Skied classic today and I would not describe conditions as good. Most tracks on star were deteriorating and willow, frog and scenic were all ice coated so much to the point it felt dangerous going down hills and lots of people almost ran into each other, you basically had to double pole the whole time.
(Meg Greivell)
Sunday, February 28, 2021
Morning
Grooming Scheduling 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Yippie it is Snowing! March right over to a Three Rivers Parks Cross Country Ski Trail to enjoy this new snow! Our amazing groomer, finished grooming around 4am. The Manufactured Snow Trails are packed, tracked and in Good Conditions. The following trails are packed, tracked and in Fair Conditions: Lake Trail, Hill Trail, Oak Knob, North Loop, Nature Center Trail. Trails Closed March 1, 2, and 3rd. for Sectional meets from 9:30 AM to 5 PM. The Last High School Races at Hyland for the season: Mon. March 1, Section 3; Tues. March 2, Section 1; and Wed. March 3, Section 4.
(Sonja Bercich, Three Rivers Park District)
Saturday, February 27, 2021
Morning
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Love, love the sun!!! Manufactured snow trails are packed, tracked and in good conditions; trails include Star loop, Willow Creek, Frog Town, Scenic Foothills, Boulder Ridge. Natural snow trails are packed, tracked and in Fair conditions; Lake Trail, Hill Trail, Oak Knob, North Loop, Nature Center Trail. Note: Rentals available online. Lights on 5 AM - 10 PM. Trails Closed March 1, 2, and 3rd. for Sectional meets from 9:30 AM to 5 PM. High School Races: Mon. March 1, Section 3; Tues. March 2, Section 1; and Wed. March 3, Section 4.
(Sonja Bercich, Three Rivers Park District)
Friday, February 26, 2021
Morning
Grooming Scheduling 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Our groomers are amazing in keeping the groomed trails in the best shape possible! Manufactured snow trails are packed, tracked, and in good conditions (Star loop, Willow Creek, Frog Town, Scenic Foothills, and Boulder Ridge). Trails with natural snow are packed, tracked and in fair conditions (Lake Trail, Hill Trail, Oak Knob, North Loop, and Nature Center Trail). Note: Rentals available online. Lights on 5 AM - 10 PM.  Trails/Rentals are Closed March 1, 2, and 3rd. for Sectional meets from 9:30 AM to 5 PM. High School Races: Fri, Feb 26 at 2:30 - 5:30 PM; Mon. March 1, Section 3; Tues. March 2, Section 1; and Wed. March 3, Section 4. Enjoy Spring Skiing!
(Sonja Bercich, Three Rivers Park District)
Friday, February 26, 2021
Morning
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Fabulous early morning ski at Hyland’s pristine manmade snow trails. A moon set and sun rise. Rock hard track, klister skiing at its best. Skate deck looked fabulous. It’s worth getting there at 5:30 for sub freezing temperatures. Be careful on the downhill tracks, lightning fast.
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(Diane Pattridge)
Thursday, February 25, 2021
Evening
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Classic skied from Chalet to Frog Town loop. Good grooming but base icy and uphills required wishbone or jog step for ascent. Beautiful weather but more technical due to ice at 40F. Fun fact (family of beginners): we skied Birkie and NorthEnd in Cable WI two weeks ago around -20F to -40F, oddly it was easier since snow was “sticky”!
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(Stephen Tannen)
Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Morning
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
The snowmaking loop was in excellent condition. Generally firmly packed with just a little loose snow on top. The steeper uphills had deeper sugar on them. It was 39 degrees and sunny with a north wind. I used FastWax Yellow LF. I probably missed some of the better skiing with my 11:00 start but I still did not move too badly. I did end up herringboning about half of the more significant hills on the way out and on the portion of the return back up to the top of Scenic Foothills. However, the run from there to the Trailhead bldg. was fast for me - 8.3 mph - as I skated all the remaining uphills making up for the slower pace and higher effort on the way out. Stopped and got some glide wax cleaner and glider on the way home because I am looking forward to several more weeks of skiing I pray.
(Keith Carlson)
Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Morning
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Skied the virtual Birkie today with a group of friends. Trail was great starting out even with the fresh dusting of snow. Some spots got sticky as it warmed up. Such a beautiful day! Couldn’t have been better.
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(Kevin Lyons)
Monday, February 22, 2021
Afternoon
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Skated all of the snowmaking loop, plus the natural snow on Lake, Hill, Oak Knob, North, and Nature Center trails, late in the afternoon. All were in good to excellent condition for skating. The natural snow trails were a bit softer and slower than the manufactured snow trails, but still good, and coverage was complete. More bark and leaves on the Lake Trail than on the others, but it was mostly small stuff and not a problem. Classic tracks appeared to be good everywhere.
(Craig Wiklund)

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